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18 Aug 2010

Tooth absess
Went to dentist yesterday with tooth absess. With his finger he pushed hard down onto the infected tooth. Almost fainted from pain. He then wanted to extract the tooth. I refused as in the past I have always been told by dentists that it is unsafe to extract teeth if there is an absess. I convinced the dentist to give me an antibiotic (he prescribed two, one of which must be taken with Essentiale (?)).

What is the correct procedure with absesses.
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01 Jan 0001

Hallo Tersia
As far as I know they usually treat with antibiotics first and then do a root canal/extraction. Maybe you should rather get a second opinion as I personally feel that one should not loose a tooth if it can be saved by doing a root canal.
See http://www.bsac.org.uk/pyxis/Head_and_Neck_Infections/Dental%20sepsis/Dental%20abscess/Dental%20abscess.htm
Dr Bets
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